Maximizing Your CEDS: Aligning Your CEDS with Other Planning Initiatives

A growing number of RDOs are looking at ways to better align the various plans they are required to do, resulting in more cohesive and coordinated programs and services delivery mechanisms.  This session at NADO’s Annual Training Conference provided attendees with a referesher on the CEDS requirements and insight into innovative and resourceful approaches economic development districts have taken to maximize their planning processes.


  • Brian Kelsey, Principal and Founder, Civic Analytics, Austin, TX
  • Will Brooks, Planning Director, Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments, Henderson, NC
  • Doug Elliott, Executive Director, East Central Iowa Council of Governments, Cedar Rapids, IA




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Joe McKinney serves as Executive Director of the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO). Headquartered in Washington DC, NADO provides advocacy, education, research, and training for the nation’s 500+ regional planning and development organizations.

Joe has thirty-one years of experience having served in city, county, regional, national association, and government management since 1991. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a candidate for a master’s degree in Public Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill.

McKinney has provided congressional testimony on numerous occasions regarding the importance of regional development organizations in helping shape the nation’s economic growth. He is nationally recognized for promoting innovative solutions in areas such as planning and economic development, workforce development, transportation and transit, and aging services.

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